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'American Sniper' author shot, killed at gun range

1:06 AM, Feb 3, 2013   |    comments
Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle was shot and killed in North Texas on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 (KXAS Ft. Worth/Dallas)
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ERATH Co., TX (KXAS) -- A decorated former Navy SEAL who authored the book "American Sniper" was one of two people shot and killed at an Erath County shooting range Saturday, according to a newspaper report.

The Stephenville Empire-Tribune reported Saturday that Chris Kyle and another man were shot and killed at a shooting range at Rough Creek Resort and Lodge in Glen Rose late Saturday afternoon.

The other victim has not yet been identified.

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The newspaper reported that Eddie Ray Routh was arrested in connection with the fatal shootings.

Empire-Tribune reporter Sara Vanden Berge told KXAS that it did not sound like an accidental shooting but appeared to be an intentional shooting.

Vanden Berge said Kyle was at the shooting range with the suspect and another man. She said her understanding was that Kyle had an open invitation to visit and use the range at Rough Creek and did not have a guide with him.

A source told her that the man suspected in the shootings was a veteran and may have been doing some sort of shooting therapy, she told KXAS.

Lancaster police confirmed that Routh was arrested Saturday night and that he was a wanted murder suspect.

The spokesman for Lancaster police said officers spotted Routh and took him into custody at Interstate 35 and Camp Wisdom Road after a short chase.

KXAS sources say Routh was in Kyle's pickup truck when he was arrested.

Kyle, who was born in West Texas and grew up in Dallas, served four combat tours in Iraq between the start of the war and 2008.

Kyle, who is believed to have been one of the best snipers in the world, competed on NBC's "Stars Earn Stripes" last summer.

The reality show paired eight celebrities with people from a branch of the military or a first-responder agency to compete in missions inspired by military exercises. Kyle teamed up with actor Dean Cain, who was competing for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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